Production

Canada produced 60 million close to 67 million tonnes (Mt) of coal in 2012. 31 million tonnes was metallurgical (steel-making) coal and 36 million tonnes (Mt) was thermal coal. The majority of coal produced in Canada was produced in Alberta and B.C.

  • Alberta produced 28.3 Mt of coal in 2012
  • British Columbia produced 28.8 Mt (most was metallurgical coal) – 43% of all production

To meet its rapid infrastructure growth and consumer demand for things such as vehicles and home appliances, Asia has turned to Canada for its high-quality steel-making coal. As Canada’s largest coal trading partner, coal exports to Asia accounted for 73% of total exports in 2010.

Steel-Making Coal

Global steel production is dependent on coal and more and more the world is turning to Canada for its supply of quality steel-making coal.

  • The production of steel -making coal increased by 5.5% from 29.5 Mt in 2011 to 31.1 Mt in 2012.
  • Almost all of Canada’s steel-making coal produced was exported.

Thermal Coal

  • Approximately 36 million tonnes of thermal coal was produced in 2012.
  • The vast majority of Canadian thermal coal produced is used domestically.

More information on coal production and exports can be found in Natural Resources Canada’s Coal 2012 Annual Review.